Monthly Archives: January 2013

Grazing Management for Improved Cattle, Wildlife Habitat

The key to healthy plant communities for both domestic animals as well as wildlife is all about grazing management. This is a habitat management technique that not only protects a landowner’s biggest asset, the plant communities found on his or her land, but keeps cattle well-fed and wildlife populations abundant. Grazing management is one of many tools a landowner has at his or her disposal, so it’s something to consider if you run livestock on your land. If you want to ensure your grazing stays good or improves into the future, check out this course.

Grazing Management Course

This webinar will focus on managing livestock to be productive on grass with minimal inputs. How grass grows will be explained in simple terms to explain how grass growth can be optimized on every acre. The principles of range management will be presented to help grass managers develop their grazing plan in any location under any weather pattern. Managers will learn how to be the last ranch in the drought and the first ranch out of the drought. Finally, the nuts and bolts of “planned grazing” will be discussed. Learn how simple, economical opportunities can be found to manage grazing on every property that can lead to healthy land and a healthy business. Continue reading

Prescribed Burning for Wildlife, Quail & Deer

Wildfires Natural, Prescribed Fire is Planned

“Out of sight, out of mind”, I think we all have heard that one. I wish remembering was as easy as forgetting! Digestion of food, the battery in your phone or light bulb in the house are all chemical processes or reactions that when working properly, do not draw attention. The battery dies, bulb burns out or the stomach aches, we are suddenly imposed with actions that may be sidled with a groan. These reactions and many others exist in our environment; and we have become dependent upon many of them to contribute to our success.

The same can be said for fire, a chemical reaction that exists when the appropriate components of fuel, heat and oxygen are present. I think we all can agree, not only does fire contribute to heat in a camp stove, grill or oven but the potential for fire is present in any landscape with the appropriate resources, and fire has played significant evolutionary roles in the development of flora and fauna. Continue reading

Lampasas River Watershed Protection Plan

Texas A&M AgriLife Research is pleased to announce the release of the draft Lampasas River Watershed Protection Plan for formal comment! Public comment on the draft plan will be from January 4 – February 1. Two meetings will be held to facilitate public comment. Each meeting will include a brief overview of what is included in the watershed protection plan and will provide stakeholders an opportunity to voice comments about the plan, which includes habitat management concerns. The first meeting will be 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on January 15 at the Lampasas County Farm Bureau Building at 1793 U.S. Hwy 281 in Lampasas. The second meeting will be at the same time on January 17 at the City of Killeen Solid Wastes Building at 2003 Little Nolan Road in Killeen.

People are welcome to join us at either one of these meetings to ask questions and provide comment directly on the Lampasas River Watershed Protection Plan. Otherwise, comments may be emailed to me at lprcin@brc.tamus.edu or mailed to Lampasas River Watershed Partnership, Texas A&M AgriLife Research, 720 E. Blackland Rd, Temple, Texas 76502-9622 until February 1. Continue reading